Renewable energies stand for a better, sustainable future.
We all determine how this future occurs. With our beliefs and values. With our daily decisions as human beings, with our political actions, with our entrepreneurial skills.
Tilo Wachter, Managing Director
Sustainability must be a top priority for renerco plan consult. By supporting our customers in building a sustainable energy supply. But also, in our everyday life as a company.
Initially, with green electricity and recycled paper, complemented by Fairtrade coffee and organic milk. And more recently oat milk. However, an urban lifestyle alone does not save the world.
In 2016, a fascinating but frightening lecture by Professor Schellnhuber, head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, inspired us to take a far more serious step.
A continuation in the handling of fossil resources and a lax expansion of renewables in the previous style will cause the global temperature to rise to – yes – apocalyptic values by the end of 2100. By then, Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Scandinavia and Northern Siberia will experience comfortably mild temperatures. With a world population in the double-digit billion range.
Climate neutrality must be achieved quickly
The most important goal in terms of securing the future of humanity is the COMPLETE elimination of CO2 emissions.
Our CO2 emissions are currently approx. 50 tons annually. Without stopping operations, which is suboptimal, we cannot stop these emissions overnight, not even from one day to the day after tomorrow. But can we at least compensate for the CO2. Indulgence trade? It makes economic sense to intervene where CO2 savings are inexpensive. Projects in developing nations benefit disadvantaged population groups in particular.
For 55 tons in 2016, compensation with a high-quality certificate cost around €1,000. Climate protection is not expensive. Climate neutrality is now a commitment for us. And for our parent company it was the decisive motivation to follow us in 2018. A much larger company with over 3,000 employees.
The CO2 emissions must end. In the medium term, it will even take a negative balance to turn back the wheel. To this end, we need a socio-political process worldwide.
For a powerful coalition of parts of the fossil fuel economy and political forces, sustainability is still just lip service – even in Germany. What counts is short-term profit and thinking, not a long-term, future-oriented policy.
Is that what we want?
In 2018, Greta Thunberg launched the Fridays For Future movement. A 15-year-old girl from Sweden has inspired millions of young people with her ideals. A movement has been created that has put climate protection on the political agenda.
Since the 2019 European elections, we have been giving our employees the opportunity to participate in major Fridays For Future events. And will continue to do so, until politics has created the necessary framework conditions for truly sustainable climate protection.